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New cell tower to be built in Eugene

The tower will be a monopine which means it will be designed to look like a pine tree.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 5:03 PM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 6:27 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A new cell phone tower will soon be built off Norkenzie Road and city officials say it will be disguised as a tree. 

The cell phone tower will be built on the property of the Church of Christ and it will be a Verizon cell tower. 

A construction worker at the site said they don't have all the materials to build the tower just yet but they have started laying the concrete and foundation for it. The worker said he isn't sure how long it will take for the rest of the materials to arrive, but when they do, the tower will only take about a week to build. 

Nicholas Gioello, an associate planner for the city of Eugene, said the tower will be a monopine designed to look like a pine tree. 

"The intent there is to try and get the tower, which in a lot of people's opinion isn't the most attractive thing to look at, to blend in with what's around it," Gioello said. "In this case, there were a number of trees right next to the area where they wanted to locate it and a monopine was the obvious choice to blend in with the trees that were in close proximity."

Gioello said the city has limits in place for towers in residential areas to protect the look and character of the neighborhoods.

Members of the Church of Christ said they had multiple meetings letting community members know the cell tower was going up. 
The representative KEZI spoke with said community members wanted to know how the tower would impact cell service. 

Some neighbors in the area said they knew the tower was going up because of a pamphlet they were sent. They said they didn't have any concerns with the new cell tower.

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